Thinking Beyond Borders: Traveling - Global Gap Year

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Explore the challenges and solutions to critical global issues in communities around the world. This unparalleled two-semester gap year includes:Living with host familiesLocal Language instructionCommunity Fieldwork with local leadersUnits on Envi... read more

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I gained more than I could ever imagine. I gained a better understanding of myself, my place in the world, and all of the other cultures around the globe that we got to not only visit, but live in! - University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa View Entire Review
I learned patience and acceptance. I learned a lot about who I am, how I operate, and how others operate. I learned a lot about what I'm looking for in a future spouse, and how to live full-time with another person for multiple months. I learned so much, I really can't put it all into words. All I can say is, you have to experie... - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
What didn't I gain/learn?! As cheesy as it sounds, TBB was the single-most transformative experience I've had, and every part of it was beyond worthwhile -- even (/especially) the moments of culture shock and discomfort. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I learned how to ask why, how to be a critical thinker, and how to prioritize my own happiness. - University of Chicago View Entire Review
I grew as a person. I explored the world. And I was able to become better prepared for college - Tufts University View Entire Review
One of the biggest things I learned was to always be on the learning curve. Always be willing to learn something new or try something new, because it'll expand your horizons and ultimately make you a more well-rounded person. - Pennsylvania State University - Berks View Entire Review


Explore the challenges and solutions to critical global issues in communities around the world. This unparalleled two-semester gap year includes:

  • Living with host families

  • Local Language instruction

  • Community Fieldwork with local leaders

  • Units on Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Education that Empowers and Public Health

  • Mentorship from Master's level educators

  • Student Cohort experience

Each program group consists of 18 students and 3 Program Leaders. Itinerary – 30 weeks:

  • Orientation in Guatemala – 10 Days

  • Unit 1: Guatemala– Environment: Sustainable Food& Agriculture – 7 weeks

  • Enrichment: Panama– Panama City and Guna Yala– 1 week

  • Unit 2: Thailand – Education That Empowers – 7 weeks

  • Enrichment: Cambodia – Angkor Wat – 1 week

  • Unit 3: Ghana – Public Health– 7 weeks

  • Enrichment: Morocco– Desert Camel Trek – 1 week

  • Culmination in Washington, D.C. – 3 weeks

Thinking Beyond Borders’ commitment to creating an exceptional learning environment, supporting you with the highest quality educators, and setting a new standard for program safety is unmatched.Our gap year programs are intentionally designed to be exciting, supportive, and transformational. Students often seek a gap year because they feel burned out after high school. They want meaningful learning, adventure, and to make a difference. We combine deep cultural immersion, working with inspiring local leaders, and engaging readings and discussions to create an incredible learning environment. TBB Program Leaders support and challenge you as you shape your purpose and direction. A gap year with Thinking Beyond Borders is not simply a year away. It is an opportunity to become who you want to be.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Agriculture
  • International Agriculture
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Regional Studies
  • Education
  • Foundations of Education
  • ESL Language Instructor
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Sustainability Studies
  • International Relations
  • Public Health
Year Founded:


Thinking Beyond Borders Scholarships

Thinking Beyond Borders offers needs-based financial aid to those who qualify by completing our financial aid application (available once the general gap year application is submitted).

Varies depending on need

Our scholarship funds are limited, so while we have no set deadline, earlier applicants have a better chance of getting their needs met than last minute enrolled students.

Completion of Financial Aid application

Thinking Beyond Borders offers work-study scholarships to those who qualify through our application. We offer work-study in the areas of photography and social media.

Varies depending on program

Our scholarship funds are limited, so while there is no set deadline, the earlier you apply, the better your chances are.

Work-Study application